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Full Albums:

  • The Afghan Whigs, Unbreakable (A Retrospective)
  • Audioslave, Audioslave
  • Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Beat the Devil’s Tattoo
  • The Gaslight Anthem, The ’59 Sound
  • The Hold Steady, Heaven is Whenever
  • Jay-Z, Hard Knock Life, Vol. 2
  • Joe Bonamassa, The Ballad of John Henry
  • Julian Casablancas, Phrazes for the Young
  • Justice, Cross
  • LCD Soundsystem, This is Happening! (Hit and miss–“Dance Yrself Clean” is a good metaphor for the album. Your first listen is like, “What the hell is going on here, Mr. Murphy?” Then you hit the halfway mark and you’re like, “Oh, I see what you did there. I love all of this now.” Plus, “All I Want” sounds like Bowie’s “Heroes,” so that’s always good.)
  • Matisyahu, Light (Got my hopes way up for this one, relatively okay)
  • Passion Pit, Manners
  • Phoenix, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
  • Raekwon, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx
  • The Rolling Stones, Exile on Main St. (Deluxe Edition)
  • Van Halen, Diver Down and 1984
  • Warren Zevon, Genius: The Best of Warren Zevon
  • The xx, xx

Random Excellence:

  • Ghostface Killah, “Shakey Dog”
  • Saves the Day, “The Last Lie I Told”
  • Kelly Clarkson, “Impossible”
  • Ladyhawke, “Magic”
  • The Raconteurs, “Top Yourself”

Songs of the Week:

These are songs that I would actually stop listening to other music for. I’d be, say, three songs deep in Method Man’s Tical and think, “Nope, not feeling it. Time to dance myself clean again.”

  • Animal Collective, “My Girls
  • LCD Soundsystem, “Dance Yrself Clean”
  • Julian Casablancas, “11th Dimension
  • Warren Zevon, “Lawyers, Guns and Money”
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